David established Ecoscape in 1989 and is the founding Director of company which was incorporated in 1996. He has been involved in the environmental, agricultural and landscape industries for the past 25 years. David has extensive experience in a diverse range of projects ranging from formulation of state and commonwealth government policy to delivery of large scale urban development and infrastructure projects for the private sector. He has led the company to winning a number of state and national awards and being highly commended in international design competitions.
David is frequently called to provide expert witness testimony on both environmental and landscape matters for the State Administrative Tribunal. He has published widely and has given keynote addresses to seminars and conferences and appeared on both television and radio. David established the first course in bush regeneration in WA and was the founding president of the Australian Association of Bush Regeneration (WA). His education background in biology and environmental science and passion for design has enabled David to inspire those who work with him to deliver outstanding contemporary and sustainable results.
Sara is one of the founding directors of Ecoscape, establishing the company with David Kaesehagen in 1989. In her role, Sara’s oversees the project management systems at Ecoscape and also has involvement in training staff, human resources and accounting. Prior to Ecoscape, Sara worked on the ecology of invertebrates in marginal soils. Sara has a
Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Australia, with a double major in Zoology and Microbiology. Her knowledge of terrestrial environments combined with environmental management skills ensures an effective understanding and input into project management.
Principal Environmental Scientist
Bruce has been gathering experience in the environmental sciences since 1984 and commenced work at Ecoscape in 2006. He has extensive experience in the ecology and conservation of WA’s native mammals, reptiles, birds and plants. Bruce has widely published his work in many scientific journals such as Wildlife Research, Biological Conservation
reports. His experience was gained through scientific research positions at the then WA Department of Conservation and Land Management and CSIRO Wildlife and Ecology Division. His knowledge and skills enable him to provide skilled and effective solutions for a wide variety of environmental management problems.
Principal Landscape Architect AILA
Julian joined Ecoscape in 2006 as an Associate Landscape Architect. He provides technical, design and management advice to staff and clients encompassing a wide range of projects for both the private and government sector. His professional experience in NSW, Victoria and WA has helped him integrate environmental management with landscape architecture resulting in award winning and creative design solutions within complex natural systems. Julian has completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Management and a Graduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture.
His experience and studies have provided Julian with a sound knowledge of landscape values and construction, sustainability, ecology and spatial planning that has shaped his integrated and innovative approach to design solutions that are now common to all of Ecoscape’s projects. Julian’s aspirations for work in the future are to seamlessly integrate ecological systems with urban living as dynamic and inspiring outcomes. He is also actively involved with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, where he supports training and assessing new members and sponsorship initiatives.
Business Development Manager
Sunny joined Ecoscape in 2012 as a Business Development Manager. Sunny brings his expertise in building business relationships in varied market sectors. Prior to joining Ecoscape, Sunny managed and developed business for an environmental consultancy in Perth and nationally for over 8 years. Sunny, a mechanical engineer who likes thinking outside the 'box' comes from a career spanning nearly 2 decades in manufacturing industry where he is highly regarded as an LPG expert in local and international markets. He is a patent holder for the design of Underground LPG Cylinder and multiple award winner in local and international competitions.
Sunny has his own consulting business offering engineering, management and dangerous goods services being in the consulting and manufacturing areas for over 25 years. He is an accredited WA Department of Mines and Petroleum Dangerous Goods Consultant and a leading advisor to the industry assisting clients and businesses in safe storage and management of DG. Sunny offers strategic environmental advice to clients to assist them with regulatory compliance and management. Sunny's strengths are his ability to create opportunities and demand in businesses and people skills. His passion for creating opportunities has helped many businesses to grow, thrive and diversify.
Associate Landscape Architect
Nicky joined Ecoscape in 2003 and currently provides graphic and technical advice and is a key role in the strategic management of the practice. Over the past nine years Nicky has worked both over east and in Perth on major national and international projects involving large consultancy teams and comprising a wide range of disciplines. Her specialist expertise lies in her ability to promptly establish core principles and distinguishing characteristics within any project. Nicky graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane with a Bachelor of Built Environment in Landscape Architecture where she was awarded the annual Neville Lund Memorial Prize for Integrated Environmental Design.
Her studies have led her to diligently apply the rigor of science and the creativity of art through integrated design processes in her work practices. Nicky is an accomplished designer and an award winning Registered Landscape Architect with an exceptional ability to work from the strategic level to the fine detail. Her distinctive design approach is based on local 'language' and design integrity matched with best practice environmental principles. She aspires to blur the boundaries between art and science to create culturally and environmentally sensitive design solutions which are functional and economically sustainable.
Associate Environmental Scientist, Ecologist / Botanist
Lyn Atkins has extensive experience in the environmental sciences, including over 20 years with CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems as a Senior Technical Officer, before joining Ecoscape in 2006. During this time Lyn has developed extensive skills in various aspects of vegetation assessment including vegetation community surveying and mapping, plant and vegetation community condition assessment, plant identification and Landscape Function Analysis, mainly in the wheatbelt, Swan Coastal Plain and southern areas of WA. Lyn’s qualifications are from the Western Australian
Institute of Technology (now Curtin University), in several aspects of biological sciences, including ecology, botanical, zoological and agricultural sciences, entomology, marine biology and microbiology. In recent years, she has undertaken short courses in Soil Classification and Landscape Function Analysis. As a result, Lyn’s plant identification skills and extensive experience of the landscape and vegetation of southern Western Australia and Pilbara can be relied upon to provide an objective and accurate basis for environmental surveys and assessments.
Associate Landscape Architect
Patrick Jordan joined Ecoscape in 2008 with four years professional experience in private practice. During this time, Patrick worked on a variety of projects in both the public and private realm, with a focus on coastal regions and urban design. He has been involved in projects at all levels, from master planning and style guides, to detailed design, documentation and administration. Patrick graduated from the University of Western Australia in 2003 with a Bachelor of
Landscape Architecture, and has undertaken further studies through the Film and Television Institute of WA to advance his knowledge of 3D modelling and animation. He has honed his 3D visualisation skills through projects for the mining and resources sector. Patrick brings to his position a focus on design and presentation graphics, as well as strong skills in construction documentation and contract administration.
Dr Markus Mikli
Associate Environmental Scientist
Markus has been involved for over ten years in the environmental industry. During this time he has been the project manager for a wide range of environmental impact assessments and management plans and has been in many field assessments in the Swan Coastal Plain, Wheatbelt, Gascoyne and Pilbara. Markus has an extensive history of study in the fields of environmental science and business
management. During his studies he focused on revegetation practices, terrestrial ecology and small business management. As a result, Markus is highly knowledgeable and practically experienced in both restoration ecology and environmental conservation throughout the state, as well as providing high quality service to clients.
Senior Environmental Scientist
Natalie studied environmental biology at Curtin University with a focus on aquatic ecology giving her substantial knowledge of limnology and entomology. Since joining Ecoscape in 2005, she has coordinated and participated in numerous environmental investigations for a wide variety of projects across Western Australia, gaining practical experience and
knowledge in all aspects of conservation and environmental approvals. She is also highly experienced in the preparation of rehabilitation and management plans and is confident working with community and government groups. She aims to provide clients with advice on best practices and outcomes for environmental management.
Senior Landscape Architect
Ilze has been employed at Ecoscape since 2005 after graduating with first class honours from the University of Western Australia where she received the UWA Outstanding Achievement Award in Landscape Architecture. She was also a recipient of the AILA (WA) Student Award in 2006 for her final Detail Studio Design. Ilze’s studies and work experience have allowed her to develop skills in project management,
master planning, visual impact assessments, landscape visual assessments, design documentation and construction administration on projects of various complexity. Ilze aspires to create meaningful and contemporary landscapes which are ecologically, socially and economically resilient. She is currently a registered member of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects.
Senior Spatial Planner
Sonya joined the Ecoscape team in 2005 and has worked as a project manager and team member on a diverse range of spatial planning, environmental science and landscape architecture projects at Ecoscape. Her areas of expertise include the preparation of visual impact assessments and environmental management plans, the provision of technical assistance and advice for expert witness statements and map design and analysis using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Sonya graduated from the University of Western
Australia with a first class honours degree majoring in Geography. Her studies have been readily applied in her work making her highly proficient in the analysis and interpretation of spatial relationships between environmental, social and economic information. Her knowledge of environmental and planning systems combined with her ability to develop and analyse information within GIS have enabled Sonya to apply an innovative and high quality outcome to Ecoscape’s project work.
Dr John D Scanlon
Senior Environmental Scientist / Zoologist
D John has over 30 years experience in the environmental sciences and joined Ecoscape in 2011. During this time, John has developed an extensive knowledge of Australian terrestrial vertebrate diversity through ecological fieldwork, museum collection-based research and curation, university teaching and writing and editing scientific reports. John has worked as a palaeontologist in outback Queensland and worked on numerous reptile and fossil research projects
throughout Australia and in Europe. John obtained a PhD from the University of New South Wales in 1997. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree majoring in Zoology. John has published numerous scientific and popular articles. John brings to Ecoscape specialist reptile expertise and a keen interest in locating and identifying animals and understanding their relationships and behaviour in the wild.
Senior Environmental Scientist / Botanist
Stephen is a qualified botanist with considerable knowledge of Western Australia’s flora and vegetation, gained through both professional experience and personal interest. Stephen has a Bachelor of Science degree with honours from the University of Tasmania. He has held a variety of botanical positions since 2005 including roles in government and private industry, joining Ecoscape in 2011. Stephen has experience in planning
and conducting floristic surveys, targeted rare flora surveys, rehabilitation monitoring, vegetation condition monitoring. He has well developed skills in database management, vegetation mapping, plant identification, conservation assessment and report preparation. Stephen is driven by a desire to positively contribute to the effective management of the environment.
Jared joined Ecoscape in 2008, having spent the previous two years working in broad-acre agriculture. He studied at the University of Western Australia, and since joining Ecoscape has principally been involved in coordinating and undertaking flora and vegetation surveys throughout the Swan Coastal Plain, Wheatbelt and Pilbara regions of WA. Jared’s key skills are
vegetation community surveying, vegetation condition assessment, targeted threatened flora surveys, plant identification, and GIS analysis. Jared brings to Ecoscape a strong practical experience in biological sciences, and enjoys applying this knowledge to better understand and manage natural systems.
Anna joined Ecoscape in 2010, following 15 months professional experience working in Melbourne and Sydney for the landscape architecture firm Oculus. She has worked on a variety of projects in Perth and interstate and has gained experience in areas ranging from the early stages of concept design, through to detail and tender documentation. Anna
completed her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree at the University of Western Australia in 2006. Through Anna’s studies and professional experience she has refined her skills in graphic representation and documentation and developed her passion for creating inspired design solutions that remain functionally and environmentally responsible.
Michael joined Ecoscape in 2010 with over 18 months industry experience with a Perth-based design-construct firm. During this time, Michael produced design solutions for both residential and commercial projects and supervised the construction of these projects. Michael completed his studies for a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in late 2010 at the University of Western Australia. Prior to commencing his career
in landscape architecture, Michael worked at Curtin University as a lecturer in design and also practiced professionally for over 15 years in the advertising and design industries, specialising in direct marketing campaigns and corporate identity. Michael brings to Ecoscape a teamwork focus and a passion for designing projects with an environmentally sustainable outcome.
Richard Daniel has worked in the environmental industry since April 2010, joining Ecoscape in October 2010 as a Graduate Environmental Scientist. He studied at Curtin University of Technology and has built on his knowledge since then, gaining experience working for Natural Area Management and
Services and Ecoscape as a casual field assistant. Richard has developed skills in flora and vegetation assessment including vegetation community surveying and plant identification. His enthusiasm and interest in environmental surveys has led to Ecoscape offering him a position on our team.
Claudia joined Ecoscape in April 2011 having gained valuable experience working as a casual field assistant for a number of ecological companies. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Conservation Biology and Zoology from The University of Western Australia in 2010. Claudia has developed her knowledge since graduating through her involvement in fauna surveys performed across
Western Australia. These have allowed her to gain experience in fauna trapping, fauna identification, data analysis and report preparation. As a result, she brings to her position an enthusiasm for field work and animal identification, as well as an ability to produce reports of a high standard.
Taryn joined Ecoscape in 2005 as the company’s accountant where she is responsible for accounting and financial reporting as well leading the administration team. Prior to joining Ecoscape, Taryn worked as an accountant and business advisor in Fremantle and spent time working and studying overseas in Samoa. Taryn graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Finance from
the University of Western Australia. Taryn also holds qualifications in environmental management and international and community development. With her diverse range of experience, Taryn is able to blend her skills in accounting and data analysis with environmental management to ensure Ecoscape achieves its strategic and financial objectives.
Graduate Landscape Architect
Liam Mouritz joined Ecoscape in July 2011 working firstly on a casual basis as a student and is now a full time member of staff, having graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree, achieving first class Honours. He was the recipient of AILA WA student awards in both 2011 and 2012, and was also part of the design team for the winning entry to the CAPITheticAL International Design Competition.
Liam's role is to provide support for senior staff in all project phases including sketch design, design development and documentation. He has been exposed to projects including residential developments, public space design and urban master planning. Through his experience, Liam brings a desire to achieve regenerative design solutions which find a synthesis between human and natural systems.
Graduate Environmental Scientist
Andrew joined Ecoscape in 2012 having gained valuable experience working as a field assistant for Natural Area Assessments. Andrew obtained a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Environmental Science from Murdoch University in 2011. Andrew has developed his knowledge since graduating through his involvement in vegetation and flora surveys since commencing. These have allowed him to gain experience in flora identification, weed mapping, data analysis and report preparation. As a result, Andrew brings an enthusiasm for field work, as well as an ability to produce work of a high standard.
Graduate Landscape Architect
Tom joined Ecoscape in March 2013 as a Graduate Landscape Architect. Prior to his university studies Tom worked as a landscape contractor for two years where he developed an interest in landscape architecture. In 2012 Tom was awarded first class honours for his final project which focused on a holistic application of artificial reefs in Jurien Bay. The intension was to simultaneously provide industry and improve the surrounding landscape through a series of small interventions.
Tom has a desire to mould an environmental interface which can foster a mutually beneficial relationship for all stakeholders.
Marketing Coordinator / Brand Manager
Jeremy joined Ecoscape in July 2011 and is actively involved in researching, developing and implementing the company’s marketing and branding strategy. Jeremy has owned his own graphic design company for over 10 years where he has developed an impressive client base that includes organizations such as the Professional Golf Association (PGA), Lifepics and the World Leadership School.
He brings an extensive knowledge of design principles, website design and marketing as well as digital media marketing strategies. Additionally, his design and marketing work encompasses a sustainability perspective with a focus on environmental technologies and practices that enhance brand value. Prior to working at Ecoscape, Jeremy has lived abroad for the past 12 years where he developed an international sensibility for design and marketing strategies.
Purdie joined Ecoscape in 2012 as the Office Administrator having gained over 5 years experience working in support roles for various industries. Prior to joining Ecoscape, Purdie worked for a global environmental consultancy where she gained exposure working on large tenders and proposals for both private and government sectors. With a background working in the advertising industry both in Perth and in London, Purdie has a wide ranging skill set which allows her to apply these skills to her role at Ecoscape.